Sunday August 29th 2021
Today’s weather was a clone of Saturday. There is still no weather from the hurricane in this area. It was a partly cloudy day with a high temperature in the low to mid eighties.
It was difficult to get a handle on the hurricane track this morning. I was not awake early enough to catch any local news broadcasts, if there were any. The network national news shows reported on the storm, but didn’t provide any forecasts. Normally I’d be monitoring the storm with the weather channel, but I don’t have satellite TV access on this campsite. The internet was my only source. It is difficult to find a current and succinct source of forecast information. I found a lot of several hour old information, before I settled on a live stream from one of the New Orleans TV stations. The bottom line, later confirmed by the local evening news, is the storm track is far enough east that this area west of Little Rock should only see occasional showers. Judging by the number of Louisiana tagged RVs that arrived in the campground this afternoon a lot of other people think this will be a safe haven.
This campground also has a large day use area and a boat launch. Both facilities get well used on the weekend. There has been a steady flow of boats getting launched. Everything from small aluminum fishing boats to fast moving fiberglass speed boats and pontoon boats get launched. Most are only out for a couple of hours before returning. Watching people put in and take out their boats can be entertaining. Some people are well practiced and put the boat in and take it out in a few minutes. Others don’t have the routine down as thoroughly. Their path down the boat ramp is slow and twisty. They often stop several times before the boat is able to float off the trailer. Taking the boat out is even more challenging for some. Getting some of the smaller boats aligned on big trailers was a challenge for several. I’m not judging, just enjoying. I would be one of the challenged should I try to launch a boat.
My campsite is near the day use area in the park. Both weekend days there have been a lot of picnics in the day use area. Families and groups of families arrived near the lunch hour and the supper hour to have cookouts and enjoy the park. I get the impression that this is a routine practice for some local residents. It is a nice place to get away from the city and enjoy the river view.